Department of Education

Professor William Scott

William Scott

Professor Emeritus

1 West North 3.21
Email: w.a.h.scott@bath.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0) 1225 38 6648

Blog

I have blogged for over three years at on matters to do with learning and sustainability.

Visit blog »

Key Literature

Scott WAH & Gough SR (2003) Sustainable development and learning: framing the issues; London: Routledge

Scott WAH & Gough SR (eds.) (2004) Key issues in sustainable development and learning: a critical review; London: Routledge

Gough SR & Scott WAH (2007) Sustainable Development and Higher Education: paradox and possibility; London: Routledge

Reid AD & Scott WAH (Eds.) (2008) Researching Education and the Environment: retrospect and prospect; London: Routledge

Profile

I am a recently retired Professor of Education where I was head of its Education and Sustainability research programme, director of the Centre for Research in Education and the Environment, and a deputy-director of the University’s Institute for Sustainable Energy and the Environment.

I was founding editor of the journal Environmental Education Research (1995), was editor of Assessment and Evaluation in Higher Education from 1990 to 2008, and have been a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts for over 30 years. I am a director of the community interest company South West Learning for Sustainability Coalition, and a trustee of the Wiltshire Wildlife Trust and the Forest of Avon Trust. I chaired the UK National Commission for UNESCO’s co-ordinating group for the ESD Decade, was a member of Hefce’s sustainable development steering group, and am a member of the Higher Education Academy’s advisory group on education for sustainable development. I am President of the UK’s National Association of Environmental Education [NAEE].

My research has focused on the role of learning in sustainable development, on the contributions that education (viewed broadly) can make to this, and on the problems of researching the effectiveness of such activities. I have a particular interest in the idea and practice of sustainable educational institutions, and have written extensively about these. In particular, I hope that schools, colleges and universities will take sustainability seriously through what they teach and how the operate as institutions, but not to the extent of disempowering people by telling them how to live their lives and what values to hold.

Research interests

  • The role of learning in sustainable development
  • The contributions that education can make to this
  • The practice of sustainable educational institutions
  • The problems of researching the effectiveness of such activities

Current projects

  • Evaluation of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation's programmes (2010/2014)
  • Advising the Soil Association's Food for Life Programme on evaluation (2011/2013)
  • Member of the UK’s Food Growing in Schools Taskforce (2011/2012)
  • Member of the International Scientific Committee of the Swedish Graduate School in Education and Sustainable Development (2009/2013)
  • International member of the Monash University Education, Environment and Sustainability research group

Publications

Book/s

Reid, A. D. and Scott, W. A. H., 2009. Researching Education and the Environment: retrospect and prospect. Routledge.

Scott, W., 2007. Raising standards: making sense of the sustainable schools agenda. Specialist Schools and Academies Trust.

Scott, W. and Gough, S., eds., 2003. Key issues in sustainable development and learning: A critical review. Routledge.

Gough, S. and Scott, W., 2003. Sustainable Development and Learning:Framing the Issues. Routledge.

Dillon, J., Hindson, J., Gough, S., Scott, W. and Teamey, K., 2001. Mainstreaming Environmental Education in DFID Programmes. Field Studies Council.

Book Sections

Scott, W., 2014. Education for Sustainable Development (ESD):a critical review of concept, potential and risk. In: Jucker, R. and Mathar, R., eds. Schooling for Sustainable Development in Europe. London, U. K.: Springer, pp. 47-70. (Schooling for Sustainable Development; 6)

Scott, W. A. H., 2008. Looking through sustainable school doorways. In: Woods, and Matthias,, eds. Headteachers and Bursars Handbook of Sustainable Procurement. Oswestry: SCEMES Ltd.

Scott, W. A. H. and Gough, S. R., 2008. Sustainable development within UK Higher Education: revealing tendencies and tensions. In: Haigh, M., Chalkley, B. and Higgitt, D., eds. Education for Sustainable Development: Papers in Honour of the United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (2005-2014). London: Routledge.

Gough, S. and Scott, W., 2008. The Politics of Learning and Sustainable Development. In: Farrell, R. V., ed. Education for Sustainability, in Encyclopaedia of Life Support Systems (EOLSS), Developed under the auspices of the UNESCO. Oxford: Eolss Publishers.

Sterling, S. R. and Scott, W. A. H., 2007. Cultural Shift or Accommodation? A snapshot of education for sustainable development in English higher education. In: Pipere, A., ed. Education and sustainable development: First steps toward changes. Daugavpils: Daugavpils University Publishing House.

Barratt Hacking, E., Scott, W. A. H. and Barratt, R., 2007. ESD: Bringing Students´ Community Experience into Schools. In: McKeown, R., ed. Good Practices in Education for Sustainable Development: Teacher Education Institutions. Paris: UNESCO, pp. 17-22.

Scott, W. A. H. and Gough, S. R., 2007. Environmental Learning and Categories of Interest: exploring modes of participation. In: Reid, A. D., Jensen, B. B., Nikel, J. and Simovska, V., eds. Participation and Learning: perspectives on education and the environment, health and sustainability. Springer.

Scott, W. and Gough, S., 2007. Environmental learning and categories of interest: exploring modes of participation and learning in a conservation NGO. In: Jensen, B. and Reid, A., eds. Critical International Perspectives on Participation in Environmental and Health Education. Copenhagen: Danish University Press..

Scott, W. A. H., 2007. Exploring the Sustainable Schools Initiative: what does the Government want schools to do and is it achievable? In: North, D., ed. Headteachers and Bursars Handbook of Sustainable Procurement. Oswestry: SCEMES Ltd.

Barratt Hacking, E. C., Scott, W. A. H., Barratt, R., Talbot, W., Nicholls, D. and Davies, K., 2006. Education for Sustainability: schools and their communities. In: Chi-Lee, J. and Williams, M., eds. Environmental and Geographical Education for Sustainability: cultural contexts. New York: Nova Science, pp. 123-137.

Scott, W. A. H. and Gough, S. R., 2006. Universities and Sustainable Development in a Liberal Democracy: a reflection on the necessity for barriers to change. In: Holmberg, J. and Samuelsson, B. E., eds. Drivers and Barriers for Implementing Sustainable Development in Higher Education; (Education for Sustainable Development in Action; Technical Paper No. 3). Paris: Unesco Education Sector.

Gough, S. and Scott, W. A. H., 2005. Promoting environmental citzenship through learning: towards a theory of change. In: Dobson, A. and Bell, D., eds. Environmental Citizenship: getting from here to there. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, pp. 263-285.

Scott, W. H. and Gough, S., 2004. Education and Sustainable Development in UK Universities: a critical exploration post-Rio. In: Blaze-Corcoran, P. and Wals, A. E. J., eds. Higher Education and the Challenges of Sustainability: Problematics, Practice and Promise. Dordrecht: Kluwer.

Gough, S., Scott, W., Foster, J. and Grove-White, R., 2004. Environmental Policy and Behaviour Change: the need for social learning. In: Ekins, P., ed. Environment and Human Behaviour Programme Newsletter No 2. London: ESRC/Policy Studies Institute, pp. 7-8.

Scott, W. and Gough, S., 2004. Learning and sustainable development in UK Higher Education: a web-based study. In: Blaze Corcoran, P. and Wals, A., eds. Higher Education and the Challenge of Sustainability: contestation, critique, practice, and promise. Dordrecht, Holland: Kluwer, pp. 235-248.

Scott, W. A. H., 2004. Promoting environmental citizenship through learning: towards a theory of change. In: Dobson, A. and Bell, D., eds. Environmental Citizenship. Boston: MIT Press, pp. 263-285.

Gough, S. R. and Scott, W. A. H., 2003. Education and Training for Sustainable Tourism: problems, possibilities and cautious first steps. In: Winnett, A., ed. Towards a Collaborative Environmental Research Agenda: a second selection of papers. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Reid, A. D. and Scott, W. A. H., 2002. Cross-curricular objectives in national curricula: metaphorical and pedagogic understandings and issues. In: EPRINTS-BOOK-TITLE. Brussels: EU.

Gough, S. and Scott, W., 2002. Learning for sustainable tourism: possibilities, problems and cautious first steps. In: Winnett, A., ed. Towards a Collaborative Environmental Research Agenda: a second selection of papers. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Gough, S., Walker, K. and Scott, W., 2001. Lifelong learning: towards a theory of practice for formal and non-formal environmental education and training. In: Jensen, B., Schnack, K. and Simovska, V., eds. Action Competence Revisited. Copenhagen: Royal Danish School of Educational Studies.

Articles

Scott, W., 2015. Public understanding of sustainable development:Some implications for education. International Journal of Environmental and Science Education, 10 (2), pp. 235-246.

Scott, W. A. H., 2015. Exploring a transformative orientation to sustainability in universities:a question of loose and tight framings. Environmental Education Research, 21 (6), pp. 943-953.

Scott, W., 2013. Developing the sustainable school:thinking the issues through. Curriculum Journal, 24 (2), pp. 181-205.

Scott, W., Martin, S., Dillon, J., Higgins, P. and Peters, C., 2013. Divergent Evolution in Education for Sustainable Development Policy in the United Kingdom:Current Status, Best Practice, and Opportunities for the Future. Sustainability, 5 (4), pp. 1522-1544.

Scott, W., 2013. Lessons from Sustainability. Primary Geography, 80, pp. 14-15.

Scott, W., 2013. Whatever became of sustainability in the National Curriculum? Environmental Education, 104, pp. 6-8.

Scott, W. and Gough, S., 2013. Why are you an environmental educator? Environmental Education, 102, pp. 6-8.

Reynolds, J. and Scott, W. A. H., 2011. Sustainable Schools in England: background and lessons learned. National Association of Field Studies Officers Annual Journal and Review

Scott, W., 2011. Sustainable schools and the exercising of responsible citizenship: a review essay. Environmental Education Research, 17 (3), pp. 409-423.

Scott, W. A. H. and Gough, S. R., 2010. Sustainability, learning and capability: exploring questions of balance. Sustainability, 2 (12), pp. 3735-3746.

Scott, W., 2010. Science and the sustainable schoolsInitiative:Opportunity and imperative. School Science Review, 388, pp. 59-66.

Scott, W. A. H., 2010. New worlds rising? The view from the sustainable school. Policy Futures in Education, 8 (5), pp. 597-599.

Scott, W., 2009. Environmental education research:30 years on from Tbilisi. Environmental Education Research, 15 (2), pp. 155-164.

Scott, W. A. H., 2009. Judging the effectiveness of asustainable school:A brief exploration of issues. Journal of Education for Sustainable Development, 3 (1), pp. 33-39.

Sterling, S. and Scott, W., 2008. Higher education and ESD in England:A critical commentary on recent initiatives. Environmental Education Research, 14 (4), pp. 386-398.

Scott, W. A. H., 2008. Teachers could be our most influential force. The Guardian, July 9th 2008.

Barratt Hacking, E., Barratt, R. and Scott, W., 2007. Engaging children: research issues around participation and environmental learning. Environmental Education Research, 13 (4), pp. 529-544.

Vare, P. and Scott, W., 2007. Learning for a change: exploring the relationship between education and sustainable development. Journal of Education for Sustainable Development, 1 (2), pp. 191-198.

Barratt Hacking, E., Scott, W. A. H. and Barratt, R., 2007. Children's Research into their Local Environment: Stevenson's gap, and possibilities for the curriculum. Environmental Education Research, 13, 225--245.

Scott, W. A. H., 2007. The Sustainable Schools Initiative: a green light for environmental education. Environmental Education, 85, pp. 5-6.

Gough, S. and Scott, W. A. H., 2007. Universities and Sustainable Development: the necessity for barriers to change. Perpectives: Policy and Practice in Higher Education, 11 (4), pp. 109-118.

Gough, S. and Scott, W., 2006. Education and sustainable development: a political analysis. Educational Review, 58 (3), pp. 273-290.

Dillon, J., Rickinson, M., Reid, A. D., Morris, M. and Scott, W. A. H., 2006. Education! Education! Beyond the Classroom. Primary Science Review, 91, pp. 4-6.

Reid, A. D. and Scott, W. A. H., 2006. Researching Education and the Environment: an introduction. Environmental Education Research, 12 (3-4), pp. 571-588.

Reid, A. D. and Scott, W. A. H., 2006. Researching Education and the Environment: retrospect and prospect. Environmental Education Research, 12 (3-4), pp. 571-588.

Reid, A. and Scott, W., 2005. Cross-curricularity in the National Curriculum: reflections on metaphor and pedagogy in citizenship education through school geography. Pedagogy, Culture & Society, 13 (2), pp. 181-204.

Barratt, R., Scott, W. A. H. and Barratt Hacking, E., 2005. Listening to Children (L2C): A collaborative school based research project. Teaching Geography, 30 (3), pp. 137-141.

Barratt Hacking, E. C., Scott, W. A. H., Barratt, R., Nicholls, D., Davies, K. and Talbot, W., 2005. Listening to children: using students' local environment experience in curriculum planning. Environmental Education, 79, 8--10.

Scott, W. and Gough, S., 2004. Sustainable Development Education: can we teach sustainability? New Ground, 67, pp. 10-11.

Scott, W. A. H. and Gough, S. R., 2004. Sustainable Development Education: policy, practicalities and prospects. New Ground, 66.

Scott, W. A. H. and Gough, S., 2003. Rethinking Relationships between Education and Capacity-building: remodelling the learning process. Applied Environmental Education and Communication, 2 (4), 213--220.

Scott, W. and Gough, S., 2003. Categorizing Environmental Learning. NAAEE Communicator, 33 (1), p. 8.

Scott, W. and Gough, S., 2003. Developing Environmental Education: environmental education in North America. Environmental Education, 70 (27).

Reid, A. D., Scott, W. A. H. and Gough, S., 2002. Education and Sustainable Development in the UK: an exploration of progress since Rio. Geography, 87, 247--255.

Dillon, J., Gough, S., Scott, W. and Teamey, K., 2002. A Report Fit for Children? A Critical Examination of the Work of the UN General Assembly’s Special Session on Children,. Australian Journal of Environmental Education, 18, pp. 81-86.

Scott, W. A. H., 2002. Achieving Conservation Goals: evaluating education's contribution. CEEMail, 4 (May), p. 12.

Scott, W. A. H., 2002. Education and Sustainable Development: challenges, responsibilities and frames of mind. The Trumpeter: Journal of Ecosophy, 18 (1).

Fien, J., Scott, W. A. H. and Tilbury, D., 2002. Exploring Principles of Good Practice: learning from a meta-analysis of case studies on education within conservation across the WWF Network. Applied Environmental Education and Communication, 1 (3), pp. 153-162.

Scott, W. A. H. and Gough, S., 2002. Reorienting Teacher Education to Address Sustainability: reporting on a UNESCO initiative. Planet, 4 (12-14).

Scott, W. A. H., Reid, A. and Gough, S., 2002. Sustainable Development in the UK:exploring education initiatives since Rio. Planet, 4, pp. 12-14.

Stables, A. W. G. and Scott, W. A. H., 2002. The Quest for Holism in Education for Sustainable Development. Environmental Education Research, 8 (1), pp. 53-60.

Gough, S. and Scott, W. A. H., 2001. Curriculum Development and Sustainable Development: practices, institutions and literacies. Educational Philosophy and Theory, 33 (2), 137--152.

Stables, A. G. and Scott, W. A. H., 2001. Post-Humanist Liberal Pragmatism: Environmental Education out of Modernity. Journal Of Philosophy Of Education, 35 (2), 269--280.

Scott, W. A. H., 2001. Co-evolutionary Change Strategies for Sustainable Development: towards an analysis of significant factors. International Research in Geographical and Environmental Education, 10 (4), pp. 15-19.

Stables, A. W. G. and Scott, W. A. H., 2001. Disciplined Environmental Literacies. Environmental Education, 68, pp. 14-16.

Fien, J., Scott, W. A. H. and Tilbury, D., 2001. Education and Conservation: lessons from an evaluation. Environmental Education Research, 7 (4), pp. 379-395.

Scott, W. A. H. and Reid, A. D., 2001. Exploring our responsibilities: a critical commentary on education, sustainability and learning. Environmental Education, 66, pp. 23-24.

Gough, S., Walker, K. and Scott, W., 2001. Lifelong learning:towards a theory of practice for formal and non-formal environmental education and training. Canadian Journal of Environmental Education, 6 (1), pp. 178-196.

Scott, W. A. H., 2001. Securing commitment to sustainable development: ethical and curriculum paradoxes. Development Education Journal, 8 (1), pp. 13-14.

Reports/Papers

Scott, W. A. H., 2010. Sustainable Schools: seven propositions around young people’s motivations, interests and knowledge. SEED (Sustainability and Environmental Education).

Barratt Hacking, E., Scott, W. and Lee, E., 2010. Evidence of Impact of Sustainable Schools. Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF).

Scott, W. A. H., 2010. Developing the Sustainable School:Thinking the Issues Through. South West Learning for Sustainability Coalition.

Scott, W., 2010. Schools, but not as we know them? Discussion Paper. Birmingham: Tide.

Vare, P. and Scott, W. A. H., 2008. Education for Sustainable Development: two sides and an edge. Discussion Paper. London: DEA.

Reid, A., Nikel, J. and Scott, W. A. H., 2006. Indicators for Education for Sustainable Development: a report on perspectives, challenges and progress. Anglo-German Foundation.

This list was generated on Fri Sep 22 16:16:53 2017 IST.

View more publications »